Mountains of Sydney - Mount Jellore
A popular mountain to visit on the edge of the Nattai wilderness. Mount Jellore is a volcanic dome left over from the Jurassic age. There are great views from the top.
Leave Mittagong along Old Hume Highway, then turn right onto Wombeyan Caves Road. After 5 km turn right into Soapy Flat Road, a dirt road, and head north. The start of the walk is another 3km along this road. The road bends to the left and enters some very dry, inhospitable forest. The road is quite rough through here. You pass through some kind of open quarry area. The fire trail you are looking for on the right is not sign posted. There is no parking; just park where you can on the side of the road.
Directions to the summit
1. From the road, follow the fire trail north.
2. Towards the end of the fire trail there are some rocky outcrops from which Mount Jellore can be glimpsed in the distance. The fire trail goes down a steep slope then turns into a walking track. The track swings round to the left then heads down into the creek gully.
3. At the bottom of the hill, cross the creek and climb up the ridge on the other side.
4. At the top of the ridge, turn left.
5. When you reach a firetrail, turn right. Follow this fire trail all the way to the base of Mount Jellore.
6. The track zig-zags up the mountain.
7. At the top, the track goes past the trig at the summit. Continue along the track for the best views, at the north-east corner of the summit.